NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 11 – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has submitted draft budget estimate totalling Sh11.83 billion to National Treasury to facilitate the upcoming October 17 fresh presidential election.
This will be the first order of business when the 12th Parliament is re-opened on Tuesday.
Broken down, Sh2.39 billion will be spent to pay 217,624 temporary staff in the poll while Sh1.49 billion for technology enhancement.
The draft budget is in addition to Sh19.11 billion already allocated in the 2017/2018 Financial Year to the electoral agency.
The Supreme Court annulled the presidential results of August 8 elections on September 1, saying IEBC committed ‘irregularities and illegalities’.
“A declaration is hereby issued that the presidential election was not conducted in accordance to the constitution and applicable law, rendering the results invalid, null and void,” Chief Justice David Maraga said during the verdict.
President Uhuru Kenyatta had been announced the winner of the election with 54.3 per cent of the vote over Opposition leader Raila Odinga’s 44.7 per cent of the votes.
Odinga however disputed the outcome and took it to court as per the law where a re-election was ordered.